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Easy Apple Dumpling Recipe From Scratch

apple dumpling final product

The first time I ever had an apple dumpling was after I moved to Indiana and attended the Johnny Appleseed Festival. I'm from the big city of Chicago where all kinds of food and flavors are available, but this little dough filled delight was new to me, and it absolutely blew my mind.

Soon after having one, I tried to find a recipe to recreate it at home for myself. After two failed attempts, I gave up on my dreams of having this dumpling at home until recently. It was my attendance at the festival again this year that made me think to myself that I could make this at home.

Considering the fact these dumplings cost $9 each at the festival, I also knew I would be saving some money too. I found a couple of recipes to pull from and try my hand at it, and I must say I think I dId a pretty good job. I'm ready to make another batch and the family agrees.



Ingredients (recipe adapted from Taste Of Lizzy T)



·       2 cups all-purpose flour 

·       2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

·       1/2 teaspoons salt

·       2/3 cup salted butter softened

·       1/2 cup 2% milk


·       6 apples peeled and cored


·       2 cups brown sugar 

·       2 cups water 

·       1/4 cup salted butter 

·       1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon




1.  In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. 2 cups all-purpose flour2 ½ teaspoons baking powder½ teaspoons salt

2.  Mix in the butter, then add in the milk and mix just until a soft dough forms. 2/3 cup salted butter½ cup 2% milk

3.  Divide the dough into 6 balls.


1.     Roll out each ball of dough on a floured surface.

2.     Place an apple in the center of each piece of dough. 

3.     Fold the dough around the apple and press it together to form a ball.

4.     Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

5.     Place the dumplings in the prepared pan.

6.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.



1.    In a small saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the brown sugar, water, butter and cinnamon. Heat it just until it barely starts boiling, stirring often. 2 cups brown sugar2 cups water¼ cup salted butter½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

2.   Pour this mixture over the dumplings.

3.    Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, or until the apples are soft and the dough is golden brown. You can baste the dumplings with the syrup several times during baking if you'd like.

4.    Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Ieasha preparing to take a bite of the homemade apple dumpling


A). Make the sauce first and set it to the side. Most every recipe I read, made the sauce after peeling the apples, but since you don't want your apples to brown, making the sauce first just makes more sense. Make the dough nest, and do the apples last.

B). I did not have an apple corer, so I quartered the apple and laid them on the dough. If you do it this way, check your dumplings sooner because they may not have to cook as long.



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